Four Aspects About His Word

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Hi L____,

Thank you for your questions. It is very hard to figure out the tenses of every verse of God’s Word. What will always be of great value is to remember four things about all of God’s Word. Here are those four things:
1) The weight of the sum of God’s Word is truth. Doctrine is never to be established upon individual verses.

Psa 119:160 The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever. (ASV)
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private [ Greek, its own] interpretation.
2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture at all is becoming its own explanation.(CLV)

2) Whatever is that truth, it is always so. God’s Truth is not relative to either the time in which it is spoken or the circumstances of the time. Truth is truth at all times. Christ is His Word, and He does not change:

Mal 3:6 For I [ am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Luk 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation [ reading these words] shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

3) All of mankind will, “each in his own order… live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” “All things come alike to all, the righteous and the wicked.” We are all “marred in the potter’s hand” so as to be given “an evil experience to humble us all through a fiery judgment by the unchanging Word of God.”

Ecc 1:13 I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens: it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.
Ecc 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay [ Adam and all his children[ was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. [ This verse makes an ongoing process sound like a past event].

4) God speaks of things that are not as though they were. Nothing is even a challenge to God, but everything is always working out His will. This all being the case, as we are reading God’s Word we must always remind ourselves of the is, was and will be character of every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [ even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time [ is] at hand.
Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

We are being saved and sanctified and filled with God’s spirit, and “if we endure to the end we will be saved.” Whether we endure or not has already been determined, and it is only we who are not yet aware of that outcome, because God is working all things, including our will to serve Him or not, after the counsel of his own predetermined will.

Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. [ Why work your own salvation???]
Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [ his] good pleasure.
Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Php 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [ this] one thing [ I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Php 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

“As many as be perfect?” Didn’t Paul just say “ Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:?” Yes, he did, so we are being perfected, circumcised, sanctified, and filled with God’s spirit, as we die daily and as we decrease daily and as He increases in us daily.

1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

I hope this all helps you to see that while there are many verses which say “now are we the sons of God,” which seem to say that we are sanctified and are perfectly keeping God’s Words, even without being an accredited Biblical scholar with a theology degree from the Dallas Theological Seminary, you can still know that salvation and all of the processes involved with salvation are all an ongoing, daily is, was and will be process. It is a life long process, so be patient, because the end is secure and inevitable:

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated [“written in thy book] according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Luk 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Php 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Your brother in Christ,

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